Mpumalanga is known for its astounding natural beauty and breathtaking wildlife. For tourists, there is plenty to explore and enjoy. As such, it comes as no surprise that it is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations.
If you intend to make your way to the province of the rising sun this holiday season, you’ll sure be in for a treat!
Here are a few of Mpumalanga’s tourist attractions.
Pilgrim’s Rest is located on Mpumalanga’s magnificent Panorama Route and was declared a National Monument in 1986. Although it is a living monument to the feverish gold rush days of the late 1800s, the area’s attractions are not only limited to gold.
There are also a variety of outdoor activities to try, including fly-fishing, golfing, hot-air ballooning and overnight hiking.
Hoedspruit is known and loved for its abundance of wildlife. It is a wonderful area to sit back and enjoy the beauty of nature. You can also enjoy a thrilling safari experience, some hot air ballooning or a refreshing boat cruise on the Blyde River Dam.
Additionally, there are some restaurants to try out, as well as spas for your pampering and relaxation.
Dullstroom boasts clear air, cool climate and sparkling waters with trout. For that reason, it is affectionately known as the country’s trout mecca by fly-fishers.
Although it is quite small, Dullstroom offers plenty for tourists to explore. You can take a trip on horseback, visit the Clock Shop which has over 7000 clocks adorning it’s walls, or simply try out different types of whiskey at Wild About Whiskey.
The Panorama Route is one of the country’s most scenic self-drives and explores the Mpumalanga highlands. The rugged mountains fall steeply away into the Lowveld, granting incredible views over Africa’s lush grasslands.
Moreover, the route’s most popular stretch is the R532, which winds its way from the town of Sabine, to God’s Window, the Blyde River Canyon, and even the famous Three Rondavels.
Sudwala Caves is one of Mpumalanga’s top tourist attractions. Regarded as one of the oldest caves in the world, they offer a view of incredible rock formations that have been around for millions of years.
One of the cave’s most interesting features is the PR Owen Hall, also known as the amphitheater. It has natural acoustics and is known as the place where legendary musicians such as the late Miriam Makeba are said to have performed.
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